Overcoming Matthew Arnold: Ethics in Culture and Criticism

James Walter Caufield

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Page count: 242 pages

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Language: English

Opening the way for a reexamination of Matthew Arnold’s contributions to ethical criticism, James Walter Caufield emphasizes the central role of philosophical pessimism in Arnold’s master tropes of ‘culture’ and ‘conduct.’ He argues that Arnoldian conduct is grounded in an ethic of ‘renouncement’ that wholly informs both his poetry and prose and has continuing relevance to much contemporary ethical criticism.